Body Transformation: Nicholas Vasiliadis Torched 152 Pounds!

Nicholas lost his rugby career to a freak injury and let his body decay in a pool of fat for years. See how Jim Stoppani and Kris Gethin helped him burn 23 percent body fat!

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Why I decided to transform

Right before I finished high school, my life changed in a big way when I was dared to jump over a row of wooden seats. I missed the jump and hit my knee on the edge of the wooden seat which broke my knee cap. The impact forced the bone though my skin and was hanging out. Seven hours later, surgeons replaced my knee cap with an artificial one.

The doctors said I could never play impact sports again, which hurt because I was a great rugby player and was close to having a career in the sport. After the devastating news, I did what most people do when their world crashes down; I just existed in life and turned to food to heal my pain.

I can't recall how long it took to become overweight because I never tracked my size. Years went by before I noticed my weight problem had ballooned out of control and I was 346 pounds. I was married at this time, had kids, and drifted though life. I wasn't happy, my wife wasn't happy, and my kids just watched as I slowly killed myself. I don't remember a meal where I didn't eat my food and the leftovers from my family.

Before /// 346 lbs
After /// 194 lbs
AGE 35 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 32%
AGE 40 / HEIGHT 5'10" / BODY FAT 9%

One day at work, I ate a family-sized pizza with two two-liter Pepsi's to wash it down. After that, all I remember was hearing ambulance sirens as I was rushed to the hospital for what they suspected was a heart attack when I was 35 years old. Doctors told me I was lucky to just have a rare chest infection but that my weight made me a walking time bomb. At that point, I had to change or I would leave my children without a father.

My weight lost journey started with a program that helped me lose weight without going to the gym. I learned to pick healthier options to eat and fell to 243 pounds at age 37. I wanted to lose more, decided to hit the gym, and lifted as if my life depended on it. Then a close friend introduced me to Jim Stoppani's 12-Week Shortcut To Size and Kris Gethin's 12-Week Hardcore Trainer.

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How I accomplished my goals

I started a BodySpace account and joined Facebook groups that shared in my goals. When I had a hard time and didn't want to go to the gym, I looked at my old photos and kept going. Jim Stoppani and Kris Gethin inspired me on Twitter and replied to my questions, which blew my mind.

I watched Gethin's videos every night and morning and thought if he can do it I can do it.
I followed Stoppani's intense training program and committed to complete it.

Supplements that helped me through the journey

Diet plan that guided my transformation

Meal 1

Training regimen that kept me on track

I go for a 45-minute walk in the morning before the gym and do a 45-minute walk at night before dinner. Below is Jim Stoppani's SS8 program, which can be found on his website.

Day1: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
    Superset
  • Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell Flyes
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes Incline Dumbbell Flyes Incline Dumbbell Flyes
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Pushups Pushups Pushups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise Superset
  • Reverse Flyes Reverse Flyes Reverse Flyes
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Upright Barbell Row Upright Barbell Row Upright Barbell Row
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • One-Arm Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press
    2 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension
    2 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Landmine Linear Jammer Landmine Linear Jammer Landmine Linear Jammer
    8 sets of 20 sec


Day2: Legs/Abs
    Superset
  • Freehand Jump Squat Freehand Jump Squat Freehand Jump Squat
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions Leg Extensions
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Front Barbell Squat Front Barbell Squat Front Barbell Squat
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat Barbell Squat
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • One-Arm Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf Raises Standing Single-Leg Calf Raises
    3 sets to failure
  • Superset
  • Sit-Up Sit-Up Sit-Up
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps


Day 3: Back/Biceps
    Superset
  • Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Straight-Arm Pulldown Straight-Arm Pulldown Straight-Arm Pulldown
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Barbell Shrug Barbell Shrug Barbell Shrug
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Shrug Behind The Back Barbell Shrug Behind The Back Barbell Shrug Behind The Back
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Seated Close-Grip Concentration Barbell Curl Seated Close-Grip Concentration Barbell Curl Seated Concentration Barbell Curl
    2 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Curl Barbell Curl Barbell Curl
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Barbell Curls Lying Against An Incline Barbell Curls Lying Against An Incline Prone Incline Dumbbell Curls
    2 sets of 12-15 reps (shown with barbell)
  • Incline Dumbbell Curl Incline Dumbbell Curl Incline Dumbbell Curl
    2 sets of 9-10 reps


Day 4: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
    Superset
  • Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Cable Crossover Cable Crossover Cable Flyes
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes Incline Dumbbell Flyes Incline Dumbbell Flyes
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Pushups Pushups Pushups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise Superset
  • Reverse Flyes Reverse Flyes Reverse Flyes
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Upright Barbell Row Upright Barbell Row Upright Barbell Row
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • One-Arm Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press
    2 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension Lying Dumbbell Tricep Extension
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown Triceps Pushdown
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension
    2 sets of 9-10 reps


Day 5: Legs/Abs
    Superset
  • Freehand Jump Squat Freehand Jump Squat Freehand Jump Squat
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions Leg Extensions
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Front Barbell Squat Front Barbell Squat Front Barbell Squat
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat Barbell Squat
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift Stiff-Legged Dumbbell Deadlift
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • One-Arm Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings Kettlebell Swings
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf Raises Standing Single-Leg Calf Raises
    3 sets to failure
  • Superset
  • Sit-Up Sit-Up Sit-Up
    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise Hanging Leg Raise
    3 sets of 20 reps


Day 6: Back/Biceps
    Superset
  • Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row Bent Over Barbell Row
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Straight-Arm Pulldown Straight-Arm Pulldown Straight-Arm Pulldown
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Barbell Shrug Barbell Shrug Barbell Shrug
    3 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Shrug Behind The Back Barbell Shrug Behind The Back Barbell Shrug Behind The Back
    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Resume Regular Sets
  • Dumbbell Step Ups Dumbbell Step Ups Bench Step Ups
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Rope Jumping Rope Jumping Rope Jumping
    8 sets of 20 sec
  • Superset
  • Seated Close-Grip Concentration Barbell Curl Seated Close-Grip Concentration Barbell Curl Seated Concentration Barbell Curl
    2 sets of 9-10 reps
  • Barbell Curl Barbell Curl Barbell Curl
    2 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Superset
  • Barbell Curls Lying Against An Incline Barbell Curls Lying Against An Incline Prone Incline Dumbbell Curls
    2 sets of 12-15 reps (shown with barbell)
  • Incline Dumbbell Curl Incline Dumbbell Curl Incline Dumbbell Curl
    2 sets of 9-10 reps


What aspect challenged me the most

Kris Gethin's 12-Week Hardcore Trainer and Jim Stoppani's SS8 program challenged me in every way. I wanted to sleep in a few times but always remembered Kris saying if this was easy everyone would be ripped.

It's a hard road but commitment and dedication will be your guide.

My future fitness plans

I want to compete next year and meet Kris and Jim in person.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

You need to believe in what you want to achieve. Don't put off what you can do today tomorrow. If you set the vision for how you want to look, you can achieve it. It's a hard road but commitment and dedication will be your guide. Use yourself as inspiration to reach higher. Don't be afraid to fail.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com helped me achieve my goals with endless information and programs. When I started out, I didn't know how to exercise but Bodybuilding.com provided the tools I needed. The Forum is great place for info on supplements and BodySpace serves as constant inspiration.

Nicholas's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Master Of Puppets" by Metallica
  2. "Run To The Hills" by Iron Maiden
  3. "Number Of The Beast" by Iron Maiden
  4. "18 And Life" by Skid Row
  5. "Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns N' Roses